To be perfectly honest, I was never in favour of Manchester United buying Wesley Sneijder in the first place. A supremely gifted player, no doubt, but somehow, I have never seen him fit into a 4-4-2 formation all that well. Whenever he has played well, it has been as an attacking midfielder in a 4-3-3 or a 4-5-1 formation. United, since signing Javier Hernandez, has rarely played those formations, sticking instead to the traditional 4-4-2, or a 4-4-1-1, with Wayne Rooney operating deeper.
More to the point, United do have players who can act as playmakers, those with the capability to split a defence, or create an opening for a scoring chance. Foremost among them looks to be Tom Cleverley, the young United Academy product, who, after loan spells with various teams, is now looking like the midfield signing of the summer.
Behind him is the Brazilian, Anderson, who has a good ability to run with the ball and play beautifully-weighed through balls. The last is Michael Carrick, who has played well as an attacking midfielder when Owen Hargreaves was played as the defensive midfielder a couple of seasons ago.
Thus, from my viewpoint, United need an enforcer in midfield, a defensive midfielder who can break up opponents' attacks, rather than a creative, attacking midfielder. I didn't see the need of an attacking midfielder anyways, when you have an attacking lineup of Rooney, Hernandez, Nani, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia, and one of Anderson, Cleverley or Carrick. The need for someone in that mould was even felt against West Browmich Albion as well, when Somen Tchoyi troubled United for some time.
With Darren Fletcher nowhere near the first team right now due to fitness and health issues, and around 10 days to go in the transfer window, who can Sir Alex Ferguson splash the cash on ? Let's find out.